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Voice Answer, a Siri-like app, Available through Apple® App Store

Do you really like Siri application that was introduced on iPhone 4S? Do you always wish to have a Siri-like app on your previous version of iPhone or iPad? If yes, then you may be really excited to know that your wish has been heard ultimately. Sparkling Apps, a Netherland-based software company, has introduced a wonderful voice response app dubbed as Voice Answer. The app is available through the App Store at a price of US $3.99.

You can download Voice Answer on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod running on iOS 4.2 or later versions. The app gives you answers on a range of topics, and that too in a clear voice. You can either type your questions on the interface or directly speak to the app.

Voice Answer makes use of Wolfram Alpha and other similar sources for finding the answers to the questions asked by you. Sparkling Apps is also planning to add few more features to the app to make it more useful and interesting. Watch the visual below to know more about the Voice Answer app.

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Apple® vs. Google™: Comparison of Subscription Platforms

On 15th February, Apple announced its new subscription plans for publishers to sell digital content to their customers over Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod. Google also announced its subscription plans soon after. Revenue sharing is but one difference between Apple and Google. Google takes a 10% cut while Apple takes a 30% cut from subscribers who subscribe within the platform.

In the new service announcement of Apple, however, publishers can sell their digital subscriptions on their own for Apple devices and can also keep 100 percent of subscription sales. But, when a customer uses the Apple iTunes Apps store for subscribing to an application, it is only then that Apple will get 30% of the fees. The only condition to be followed in such cases is that such publishers who offer directly to customers over Apple devices must also make the same content available for sale at the Apple App Store and also at the same price.

Although content subscription through the Apple App Store is simpler, this has brought about a lot of discontent amongst publishers, who feel that Apple is funneling users through the Apps Store for buying content. In this way, Apple manages to steer consumers away from making direct transactions in which Apple’s cut is not feasible. In fact, the US Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission, as also the European Commission, are both closely monitoring the situation, as market regulators, towards control of unfair practices.

In the case of Google, their One Pass subscription services, charges the publisher only 10% as against 30% by Apple. This additional 20% is definitely looked at as a much better option by publishers. Secondly, presently Google does not seem to be restricting by any means and making systems which would force customers to use One Pass.

While some analysts feel that even such massive service providers like credit card companies only charge single digit fees, in the range of only 2 to 4 percent, even this 10 percent by Google is still very high. The competition between Apple and Google will definitely benefit everyone in the long term.

In subscriptions, Apple because of its market dominance, with practically no competition over the last six to seven years, has established definitive and effective standards, while Google has in general being mainly promoting open standards. It is high time publishers took swift and effective strategic decisions in the smartphone market.

Logitech®: Google™ TV Getting App Store Soon

The app market has been in the center of news for almost a year now. First it was Apple, with their iPhone and iPad and their famous Apple App Store. This is one single window for the control of apps that can be delivered to an Apple device. With the app store in place, the smartphone got smarter, so isn’t it time for the Google TV to get smarter also. Yes, Logitech, one of the key partners of Google responsible for the launch of the Google TV platforms, with their Logitech Revue has announced the long awaited Google TV App Store.

The Android is growing and beyond the smartphone and tablet markets, the Android is spreading its wings, slowly and steadily into the Google TV platform markets also. The Google TV platform is basically a combination of access to videos, shows, apps, websites, all on your HDTV at home, besides all your usual TV channels and the interesting Digital Video Recording facility.

The Google TV has not gained much acclaim and penetration into the market, due to the shortcomings of availability of the right apps for the product to spur the enthusiasm required in the non-tech user marketplace. Although the concept of smart TV is catching on slowly, various issues like bandwidth availability, personalization aspects from other Google services, functionality addition, set top box integration with Google TV support, methodologies of access to Pay TV content, Video On Demand content availability, quality issues etc. need to addressed carefully, before this conceptual change can take the market by storm.

After a series of launches of high profile devices, including the Google TV, Apple TV, Roku, Boxee and others, content is the main issue and Netflix seems to be, one of the major contenders in the US, with a decent reach. Amazon bought the European LoveFilm, a similar operator like Netflix in Europe announcing prime membership, commercial free, instant streaming of over 5000 movies and TV shows at no additional costs. Sony announced 5 new products powered by Google TV, Samsung launched products with processors in-built, with their eyes on Smart TV introduction. Google has been busy developing an array of web UI libraries for web designers’ optimization of their sites for Google TV. App developers on the Android market have been coming up with various apps to enhance user experience on the new platform. The Android smartphone apps and the Chrome Webstore have been fairly well developed as logical platforms by Google, however, the Google TV app platform is yet to become popular.

Announcements have been made by Logitech regarding the app market for the Google TV, towards better integration of the web and TV, with proposed capabilities and functionalities, including Live Tweeting during a television broadcast. This would definitely be a value addition to Google TV. A new perspective to IPTV is on the go.

14-Year-Old Designs Apple® App that Knocks “Angry Birds” Off Its Roost

A fourteen year old enthusiast of iPod Touch is consistently making headways after his first design of a game for Apple App Store. Robert Nay introduced his debut of the app “Bubble Ball”. This simple game has knocked down “Angry Birds” the app which had been keeping the highest spot for several months.

“Bubble Ball” in Apple Store has been described as a fun new physics game which took Nay nearly a month for launching and designing it. He outlined how to make it subsequently reading some of books in the library regarding many programs he needed for constructing an app. He incidentally has plans for designing more applications in the days to come, though it is apparent that they will not be free for downloading similar to “Bubble Ball”. Nay is considered in the list of young hard working people achieving unexpected results. Two weeks earlier, it was declared that ten year old Kathryn Gray who is a Canadian citizen, was the youngest girl for discovering a supernova. Her finding was checked by other two amateur astronomers residing in the United States proceeding to the news being shared with other people of the world. Her discovery termed as supernova, situated in the galaxy called as UGC-3378, is two hundred forty million light years away from the Earth.

However, it is a case of mere a month earlier that a group of eight to ten year old students of British origin were the youngest persons communicated in the Biology Letters, a science journal. The pupils had made a research for the foraging nature of bees.

The game “Bubble Ball” is a puzzle related to physics. Nay wrote four thousand lines of codes which contain Corona SDK. He got some sort of help from his mother, Kari, who did some graphics related to this project. Though Robert Nay studies in the eighth grade only, he is attached with programming jobs for long six years and presently remains engaged in coding of languages which includes Java Script, PHP, HTML and AJAX.

Nay seems to be proceeding in the direction consisting of an entrepreneurial approach in the matter of his Apple app, and ultimately may be the turning point for something which began merely from a challenge offered from friends. Kari, his mother, had to assist him in the matter of some portions of the designing for the “Bubble Ball” and since launching of his discovery being downloaded on millions of occasions in the recent past, he may step forward further in his own way.

Apple® App Store

At the 10th anniversary of Wikipedia, its founder Jimmy Wales, is said to have expressed concern over the amount of engagement that Apple’s iOS is controlling. Considering that Apple controls what applications are let into the store as well as what is accessed on the online store, Wales says it constitutes a closed system. One cannot blame Apple as it is not an act of monopoly but a safeguard against pirating. There are other alternatives to it from Google, the Android software. Wales is not the first to make a statement about Apple’s App Store policy as being open with their policy. The ongoing debate between Google’s Android versus Apple’s iOS has been a long one. Many still think that it would land Apple in trouble with the regulators. Apple is following a closed system. Safari is the native browser for iOS of Apple. Safari is a graphical web browser developed by Apple and distributed for free on the Internet. It was first distributed in January 2007 as a public beta version on the Mac OS X and has been downloadable for free.

When free software is downloaded, one has to get the permission from Apple. This point has been considered a closed system of operation by Wales. However, Wales admitted that while Wikipedia was open in approach to anyone who wishes to make a contribution was too complicated to fine tune and edit. Wales also seemed to play down the Internet neutrality debate and many arguments involved hypothetical dangers.

Wikipedia is an open and free community built website encyclopedia with thousands of articles contributed by its users. Where there is so much of openness, the policies of Apple on free downloads is more of a closed system and this seems to be a threat to the Wikipedia website’s policies of the open net sourcing. The question now is does the proprietary nature of content required for the new age mobiles threaten the open nature of the Internet? The answer is that the market is being split into smaller units by these organizations. Such fragmentation benefits individual companies.

Apple’s censorship looms large in the face of the existing openness of the Internet. Apple controls the working of the Apps Store and the rules are not going to be a boost to innovations.

Rumors of Netflix and Hulu Integration

Clocks, music players, personal computer and even air conditioners, all of these have been modified by some inventor or another to accommodate the need for portability and convenience by making all these items smaller than possible. Twenty years ago, you would not have known this except for that wishful thinking embedded in you by your futuristic comic books.

Now, the mother of all inventions is being integrated by the biggest technology companies in the world. The television is now within your grasp, literally and the likes of Google and Apple are here to make the concept better. But who is winning the race?

Last month, Steve Jobs has announced that Apple TV has become more of a hobby than a project. However, everyone must be wondering, is this true or is it just an excuse for Apple to play with the minds of the expectant public? It seems impossible that Steve Jobs would let Google steal the spotlight of his pet project, but is it really possible?

In any case, the public is starting to believe that there will indeed be an Apple TV 2, but this time, with Netflix and Hulu. If this video streaming collaboration indeed happens, then this might be available through the Apple App store itself.

Recent reports have stated that this next version of the Apple TV is capable of running on an iOS 4 and will cost no less than $99. The release of a new Apple TV version seems inevitable but at a price of $99? That seems a little unbelievable even for the bargain hungry shopper. However, there might be some truth to this since Google will certainly release their device at a competitive price.

According to the NY Times article that Pocket-lint has recalled, an Apple insider claims that the Cupertino Company is indeed working on a newer and better version of the Apple TV. Apparently, they now have a team working on a number of key areas for the alleged Apple TV 2. They have been recruiting an experienced battalion of staff members who are knowledgeable in broadcast design. This may also include a new cloud-based iTunes service with a new “redesigned” interface.

Google TV needs to watch its back because the Cupertino-based company seems to be looking forward to destroy the looming threat of its release. This battle will be something in the likes of an anticipated Pacquiao VS Mayweather match. Will it be happening? Or is it just another rumor running through the techie grapevine?

If this goes public, then the competition will need to strive for something better in its next version of their device because with the power of Netflix and Hulu within Apple’s reach, who knows how far they can reach. Apple enthusiasts and the less informed percentage of the masses will be reeling with joy.

With access to videos and movies that are only available on certain devices and personal computers, the need for cable might become nothing more than another chapter in history. People might prefer a wide screen TV to a tiny handheld device, but this tiny handheld device can be taken to the farthest reaches in the world except for those where you can’t find a satellite signal.

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